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... of the locals friendly and encountered no issues in my travels and the people from the north eg. Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda were just as friendly as those of Cape Town.
I enjoyed the Gecko trip from Durban to Cape Town with the local crew, but I preferred the Dragoman trip from Cape Town to Nairobi. The western crew where able to better relate and communicate with the passengers. The old Dragoman truck while on the last trip was still superior to the Gecko's truck. A ...
Our Mauritius trip was about 10 hours long (8 am to 6 pm) as compared to previous voyages that spent 3 nights in Mauritius. Rumor has it, this change was made because all anyone did in Mauritius was party. Well, by 6 pm, 15 SAS students were in the ship hospital from drinking too much (my friends are all angels so I didn't know anyone in trouble). Nevertheless, the administrations plan failed. Rumor has ...
... beer (a local Mauritian brew).
After getting to the eastern shore of Mauritius, we had to take a boat to the island ile Aux Cerfs, which was about a 15-minute boat ride. So basically Matt, Lawrence, myself, our bucket of chicken, the beer, and two creepy Mauritian men made the trek over to the island. Once we got there, well I’m not sure what to say. The sun came out and illuminated the most spectacular beach I’ve ever seen. Crystal clear ...
... good price - 20 quid for 15 mins! So i donned the equipment and went out. I was a bit nervous as have never done it behind a boat and all eyes were on me! But i was excited at the same time. Took me 2 attempts to get stood up as is a little different but after that i was up and away! It was strange to get used to the wake as was used to flat water! So after falling on my face a couple of times i got used to traversing the wake, and managed a couple of ...
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Superb no rats at all
nice clean hotel no rats or anything at all like that beach was clean nice staff and lots to do water sports were good vergitarian food was average but non veg was superb evening entertainment was good . definatly go again
Just returned from two weeks at Ambre and had an excellent time. The staff were great -probably amongst the most friendly hotel staff we have experienced in a long time. The beach was beautiful - much better than the beaches at other hotels close by (eg. La Palmar), and the sea was crystal clear. We had a very nice room, which was cleaned very well every day, and we were able to eat in the Italian, a la Carte and beach restaurants most nights, where the service was excellent and there was a good choice of dishes and wines for all inclusive guests. Our favourite time was lunchtime, when we at in the beach restaurant, with a carafe or two of wine, watching the world go by and feeding the birds - some of them were very tame. We did spend the first two days of our holiday thinking we were the only British guests in the hotel - I would say the Italians outnumbered all other nationalities by about 20 to 1, but this wasn't a problem. We did find six other British guests then and, by the end of our stay this number had risen to approximately 25. We didn't see any rats - just a cute little mole like creature one morning, and the occasional chit chat. We travelled with Mercury Direct and felt we received excellent value for money
We booked our holiday to Ambre hotel before I discovered this site. It was only after we had fully paid that I noticed the comments some other visitors had made regarding the hotel. To be honest I was a bit unsure whether I'd mad the right decision to visit this hotel, and actually I didn't tell my husband about the reports...!
After reading some earlier reviews about Hotel Ambre, we were slightly apprehensive about what we were in store for. However, after spending 7 Nights there, we can recommend Hotel Ambre to anyone planning a trip to Mauritius.
Having read some of the reviews that are posted about this hotel I was sceptical about staying there, We were married in Mauritius in October and stayed at the Ambre with 21 guests and had the best ever time, we chose the Ambre because we had family and friends from ages 24-60 and none of us could find a bad work about the hotel.
This is the second time that we spent our holidays at Hotel Ambre and as previously we were very impressed by the service and friendliness of the staff. The room was always very tidy when we got back to the hotel and also very clean not at all like some other holiday makers mentioned in their reviews. The food was excellent and there was always a big choice of menus. We also enjoyed the cabarets every evening and I must say the artists were very professional and really put up a fantastic show. I'm actually born mauritian living in Switzerland now and i'm amazed how the mauritians have improved over the last 2 decades and this makes me proud to be mauritian. We've been so much welcomed during this week that we were there that they even put us on the VIP list of Hotel Ambre. We will definitely go back to Hotel Ambre again, most probably next year already and we can strongly recommend this hotel to anyone who is planning a trip to Mauritius. A special thanks to all the staff and management of Hotel Ambre. I'm including a few photos that we made during our stay there and for more pictures, i have a website address: www.josette.ch
We were transferred to the Ambre Hotel in November 2004 by our agent, Travelbag, a week before travelling, due to overbooking so didn't have a lot of choice. The hotel looks good, but the management is appalling. We were on all-inclusive but , as it took an hour each time we wanted a drink there wasn't much point. The service in the bars was very, very slow, and mainly surly. The restaurants were even worse, bad-mannered, slow and unhelpful. On the last day we found bait being put in our room, and were told it was for insects and assured it was not harmful to us. In the evening we found a rat in the room, and asked the duty manager to change our room. He was very unhelpful and said they were full (which they weren't) and that he couldn't do anything. We spent the whole of our last night awake listening to the second rat die with the rat poison (not insect poison). The duty manager was the most unhelpful, rude manager I have ever met. I would advise anyone thinking of going there to think again!
Stayed in this hotel in July 04.
First impressions were good but once you get past the reception area the look went totally down hill. The accomodation on the outside was shabby, rooms were ok but not what we expected from the price paid.
Food was buffet which was repeatative after a few days, the other restaurants were never open. I will say I did see vermin running around the grounds especially in the restaurant area on more than one occasion. All in all I found this hotel to be very disappointing for the money paid.